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#4548297 - 10/19/17 01:04 PM Firewood - educate me
stockrex Offline


Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 2433
Loc: Michigan
If you guys remember I had a tree that was dying due to ivy in my back yard.
Well early summer, I had that taken down and the tree guys sawed it to 18 inch lengths.
Some of the lower sections are 20 inch wide, I need to split them.
I want to burn them in my wood fire place, the wood is maple.

I have very limited access the backyard, the tree guys had to use a crane to cut the tree.
How do I go about splitting the logs?
Do I just split and stack them raised off the ground?
Cover them with tarp (my neighbor already hates me, I don't think she will like me covering the logs)

The logs are sitting somewhat stacked against my fence.
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#4548312 - 10/19/17 01:15 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
fields Offline


Registered: 04/11/03
Posts: 120
Loc: TX
Buy an axe. Swing it.

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#4548325 - 10/19/17 01:28 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12494
Loc: NE,Ohio
leave a few pieces for ends (big ones)

then stack the splits between them.

The cheap method is sledgehammer and wedge(s)

Originally Posted By: fields
Buy an axe. Swing it.

You obviously havent split much firewood by hand....
You wont be splitting 18"x20" maple logs with an axe.
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#4548345 - 10/19/17 01:50 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
gman2304 Offline


Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 2983
Loc: n.c.
Rent a splitter from Home Depot, unless you are like the guy on the Brawny paper towel rolls. wink

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#4548359 - 10/19/17 02:05 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: Rand]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4498
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: Rand
leave a few pieces for ends (big ones)

then stack the splits between them.

The cheap method is sledgehammer and wedge(s)

Originally Posted By: fields
Buy an axe. Swing it.

You obviously havent split much firewood by hand....
You wont be splitting 18"x20" maple logs with an axe.


Yeah, if you keep chopping wood, you might get injured like this NFL player did.

http://www.espn.com/espn/wire/_/id/1635118

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#4548377 - 10/19/17 02:25 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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Loc: Wet side WA
You need a splitting maul and a 8 plus pound sledge and some wedges you should be able to pick them us at a chainsaw shop or an Ace or other Hardware store.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/hand-tools/axes/prosplitmaul/

https://www.google.com/search?q=wood+splitting+wedge&tbm=isch&source=iu&pf=m&ictx=1&fir=7v8CJprah4TwhM%253A%252CCG8GjDD7Sjt1IM%252C_&usg=__e7PfFW5xiQ49ATjc714n6Jx3AYU%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQ5p-Jtv3WAhULwFQKHcN7Dm0Q9QEIkQEwBg#imgrc=7v8CJprah4TwhM:


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (10/19/17 02:30 PM)
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#4548397 - 10/19/17 02:51 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 8913
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Do you have chainsaw? Straight grained sections of maple of any size is easy to split with a maul. Just start at the edges and pop pieces off.
The knotty stuff I just cut through the with a saw parallel to the grain, and split off the straight grain sections with the maul. It makes the saw work a bit but with a sharp chain and functional oiler its not a big deal.
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#4548407 - 10/19/17 03:05 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: gman2304]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: gman2304
Rent a splitter from Home Depot, unless you are like the guy on the Brawny paper towel rolls. wink


+1. You're not going to split logs of that size with just an axe.

Maybe with an axe and wedges and a sledge, but you'll need at least 4 wedges and it'll be a very long grueling workout.

Cleanup after using a chainsaw for that much wood will be....horrible.
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#4548410 - 10/19/17 03:06 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
hemitruck Offline


Registered: 03/18/11
Posts: 358
Loc: new jersey
Stack it on wood pallets. I like to leave my sit for about six months to let it dry out then cover.

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#4548464 - 10/19/17 04:14 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
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Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3742
Loc: Connecticut
I prefer to tarp the top of the pile (and the sides in extended rainy weather) with a green tarp. Looks a little less obnoxious than with a blue tarp. You could be a really nice neighbor and go with a "camo" design. Don't stack it too wide or the chipmunks will move in. I don't know how long maple takes to cure but I would think it would take at least until the following year sometime if you're just cutting it now. Once stacked on a pallet it can sit there for many years until you use it.

Fwiw, I had some 14-16" diameter oak logs a few years back and a guy offered to split it for me by hand. He only used a single wedge, wood axe, and a sledge. In 2 days he cut about 2-3 cords. I tried it for "fun" and my back was done on the 6th swing. Renting a log splitter is the way to go.
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#4548482 - 10/19/17 04:32 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
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Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 228
Loc: Michigan
In my community we are not allowed to stack firewood on the ground. They say it attracts rats. Home Depot has some cheap brackets to make an inexpensive firewood rack out of 2x4's.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Pleasant-Hearth-4-Piece-Log-Brackets-LS-B4/204597265?cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|DigitalDecor|google|D28I+Fireplaces|_pkw__pmt__product_204597265&mid=smj4xTB92|dc_mtid_8903yuu57254_pcrid_50236715022_pkw__pmt__product_204597265_slid_&gclid=CjwKCAjwmqHPBRBQEiwAOvbR86TkBZErUbE7MlrW4fx8mB4Eal_Dnj46M1NPZfRymmTupc4L6ndNQRoCVPMQAvD_BwE

HD also sells these galvanized brackets that make it easy to build a quick rack:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-Stron...RTC2Z/204834336
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#4548581 - 10/19/17 06:38 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: fields]
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Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: fields
Buy an axe. Swing it.



LoL.

If its green, a maul and wedge. If its dry maple, you need a splitter.
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#4548609 - 10/19/17 07:23 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
spk2000 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 967
Loc: Prospect, KY
Depends on the type of maple tree as well. We have some around here called water maples that are a little like sycamore soft light wood that burns fast and splinters badly when splitting. This makes splitting a challenge as logs stick together with splinters all over clinging together.
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#4548619 - 10/19/17 07:39 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32384
Loc: ME
Find the biggest nastiest stumpy log and make that your base. Haul other logs up onto it. Aim your axe/maul at a spot about three inches from the edge. Work around it, reducing its diameter, until you wind up in the middle.

Turn on AM radio for political talk when you do it so you get good n' angry. laugh

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#4548659 - 10/19/17 08:11 PM Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: eljefino]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4498
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: eljefino
Find the biggest nastiest stumpy log and make that your base. Haul other logs up onto it. Aim your axe/maul at a spot about three inches from the edge. Work around it, reducing its diameter, until you wind up in the middle.

Turn on AM radio for political talk when you do it so you get good n' angry. laugh


And don't chop your foot off like punter Chris Hanson almost did.

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